but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
This story is extremely embarrassing for me to tell. Funny, but embarrassing.
Last year, my husband and I took six of our grandchildren to the Houston Astros baseball game. Five of the kids were getting bored with the game and asked to go to the playground.
We were in part of the ballpark that required taking an elevator. Once we were inside, I decided to have a little fun. I told them to start jumping up and down as soon as the elevator started to move. I saw this in a movie so certainly it would be fun to try, right?
It was fun, for about three seconds. The elevator suddenly came to a screeching halt! We pushed the open door button but nothing happened. We were stuck and I was the only adult in the elevator with five terrified children.
My husband happened to be waiting at the same elevator when the ballpark staff got the call on their portable radio that the elevator was stopped between floors. He immediately called me and asked if we were inside that elevator and I calmly confirmed that we were.
I was calm on the phone, but inside I was beginning to panic and perspire. I began texting my husband, telling him that I was panicking, that it was hot, and to please pray for me because I could not lose my composure in front of the children.
His prayers were felt immediately because I was able to keep the children calm. But I quickly started to panic again when suddenly, one by one, the children started encouraging each other with scriptures and funny stories.
The faith of these children was beyond amazing!
We then decided to pray and when it came time for the last grandchild to pray, he ended his prayer by boldly requesting some cotton candy. He was more focused on something sweet while the rest of us were focused on getting out!
My grandson wasn’t focused on the fear and uncertainty all around him. He was focused on what was going to come – something good.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
The doors of the elevator finally opened after what felt like an eternity, even though it was only 25 minutes. The children were treated to anything they wanted by the caring staff.
They were brought drinks and snacks and yes, even cotton candy. The children had been told there was no more cotton candy, but someone on the staff quickly found some.
God answered a child’s simple prayer for cotton candy and all of us were amazed – except for the one who prayed for it. He was expecting it all along!
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 14:14